TAMIYA M4A3E8 SHERMAN MODEL Kit Review By Jerry Dean

The Tamiya M4A3E8 Sherman tank model assembles very easily and the parts fit together very well, typical of Tamiya Armor Kits. The lower hull is made up of individual parts, but they go together very well.

The suspension and road wheels are very nicely detailed. I had to do a little extra sanding on half of the road wheels, almost seemed like the mold was slightly offset when produced. It was not very noticeable and was very easily cleaned up. The turret is molded in two separate parts, and after gluing together, it leaves a seam line around the lower rear of the turret that should not be there to be accurate. I carefully sanded this line down and used Mr. Surfacer 500 Primer stippled with a large brush to reproduce the cast look the turret should have.

For painting, I used Tamiya Acrylics sprayed through a Paasche airbrush. I added several thin layers of different shades to get the final look. Weathering was done with Tamiya Weathering Master sets. Washes and filters were completed with oil paints. This was my first attempt at using oil paints, which I think turned out very well.

All parts and supplies used to built this kit can be purchased at Mark Twain Hobby (except for the oil paints at this time).

Overall a very nice kit with excellent detail, very good fit but not overly complicated. I built this kit straight from the box, but it would definitely benefit from some additional details such as photo-etch straps on the tools and a set of individual piece tracks.

I want to thank Kevin Thompson for letting me build this kit, Brett Avants for the tips and advice during the build and John Welther for being a bad influence by getting me back into building armor models.

Jerry Dean


Revell 1929 Ford Rat Rod By Rick Hopkins

Here is a newer kit done up for you guys. this one is a re-release of the old Revells 29 Ford closed cab pickup truck. This re-release has the new style pop-in white walls with steel wheels. The kit also has several options like a roadster style truck cab with or without a canvas roof. The kit still only comes with the flat head four cylinder engine, but you can add supplied chrome racing / street rod parts (as in the old original kits)
I decided to do mine as the closed cab mild rat rod. I painted it in hot rod primer gray with a little rust here and there. I really enjoyed doing this retro model. It reminded me of when I was a kid in the 70’s building it for the first time and lots of fun!
As the old type Revel kits, these are really detailed and sometimes over-detailed! There are many parts that are very thin and hard to work with. If you take your time and look carefully at the directions it does go together and looks great when you’re finished!